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Red fire ant queen discovered for 1st time in South Korea

Incheon - South Korean quarantine authorities said Saturday that they’ve found a red fire ant queen at a container yard in Incheon Port, prompting officials to boost countermeasures against infestations.

Incheon - South Korean quarantine authorities said Saturday that they’ve found a red fire ant queen at a container yard in Incheon Port, prompting officials to boost countermeasures against infestations.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said its joint government and civic research team found a tropical red ant queen, 16 larvae and some 560 worker ants at the site. On Friday, the authorities found some 70 red fire ants. This is the first time that South Korea has discovered a tropical red ant queen. “Through our investigation, these ants are believed to have come into this country this spring,” the ministry said. “But considering colony size and no signs of male ants and princess ants, we believe this colony seems to be at an early stage of development.” (read more )

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